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Is Eczema in Infancy the Spark that Ignites a Child’s Allergies? (Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)

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You are just not paying attention if you haven’t noticed that more children today have eczema and allergies than in past generations. Allergy is one of the most common chronic health problems children today have. Interestingly, most children with allergies have eczema before their allergies develop. A coincidence or does this tell us something fundamental about what triggers allergy?  Stay tuned and my outstanding intern Sonya Corina Williams and I are about to tell you the answer to this interesting and practical question.

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Should You Give Your Children Tylenol? (Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)

Despite the fact that most parents and pediatricians consider acetaminophen, you know- Tylenol, a totally safe drug, there has been a growing chorus of concern about this drug among researchers for many years. In today’s pedcast I am going to break those concerns down and give you some up to date knowledge on this subject. Stay tuned.

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10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Allergies in their Children (Archived Pedcast)

Allergies may be preventable in many children. Hear the evidence and find out some practical ways to minimize your children’s chances of developing allergic diseases like food allergy, asthma, or seasonal hay fever.

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10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Allergies in Their Children ? (Pedcast)

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Sometimes reality is so counter-intuitive, isn’t it? If you had told me 20 years ago that some of the keys to raising healthy children would be whether a the child’s family owned a dishwasher, whether they had a lot of people living in their home, whether there were pets living inside the house, or whether the children visited or lived near a farm, I would have thought you were a little crazy. It turns out that these factors, along with others, are super important to your children’s ultimate good health. Interested in learning more? Then stay tuned for this fascinating edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. But before we get started, I want to take a moment to thank today’s sponsor, The TheChildrensTable.com, a food blog specifically designed for parents who have the important responsibility of feeding the little people in their lives. Take your food knowledge to the next level by following TheChildrensTable.com today.  I love it. I know you will too. Now onto today’s post. Continue reading

6 Reasons Babies Benefit Living w/ Pets (Pedcast)

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Recently my son called me to ask me if I recommended that children grow up and live with pets, specifically dogs? Interesting question Benjamin. Actually, there is a lot of new interest from by both psychologists and immunologist around this question. Since I’m always looking for subjects that parents will find both practical and informative I thought this would be a good topic for a post.   So today, we are going to take on the following questions; are there emotional benefits from children growing up around dogs and does the presence of a dog in the home improve the health of babies and children?  Stay tuned for this thought provoking and informative pedcast I have called, 6 Reasons Babies Benefit Living w/ Pets. Continue reading

Are Your Kids Too Clean? (Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as Doc Smo. From the bassinet to the board room, if the topic involves children, we talk about it here. I frequently get asked by the parents of my patients, “Why do so many children have food allergy, asthma, and eczema today? Most of these parents don’t remember their friends having nearly the incidence of allergy that today’s children do and that was just a few decades ago. What is going on, they ask? Well, my answer is that we really don’t know, but we are beginning to get closer to an answer. For years, immunologists and allergists have been talking about something called the Hygiene Hypothesis to explain all of this allergy. Recent observations have made this less of a theory and more of an explanation. Experts are beginning to have some understanding. So in today’s pedcast, I thought we would talk about some of this evidence and introduce you to the current thinking about allergies and children. The hope is if we can understand what is driving the allergy epidemic, we can help protect future kids from suffering from with terrible allergies. Continue reading

Cough-Your Child’s Friend or Foe? (Pedcast)

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I don’t know about you, but in Charlotte, the kiddies have been doing a lot of coughing this winter. Even though it has been unseasonably warm, those viruses have managed to get into the noses and lungs of babies with amazing ease, generating a lot of coughing and sleepless nights. I talk to parents every day in my office, who seem to be frantic to stop their children’s cough. Since when did cough become enemy number one for children? Yes, it’s true, a cough makes your kids uncomfortable and means that they are sick, but, in reality, his or her cough is weapon number one preventing them from contracting pneumonia.  So in today’s pedcast, I want to change your thinking about cough and have you think of this symptom as a vital protective reflex rather than a nuisance symptom keeping your child awake at night and making them miserable. Continue reading